NCHS is proud to announce that the Old Jail will be on the Garden Week tour of Historic Heathsville April 26, 2017. The Old Jail will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM that day. The Old Courthouse and the Historical Society will also be open for visitors that day as well. Please come by and see us.



Welcome to the Northumberland County Historical Society website. We are located just off the Courthouse Square of Heathsville, VA in Northumberland County. You are invited to browse our website and learn more about the heritage of those who came before us and to become a part of the future of Northumberland County.


The Society exists to preserve the history and genealogy of the people as well as the memory of the historical events of Northumberland County, Virginia. It is also the mission of the Society to educate the public in the rich history and genealogy of Northumberland County, the “Mother County” of the Northern Neck of Virginia.

The Bulletin

Published since 1964, The Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society is well known both locally and nationally. The Bulletin contains original articles on the people, places, and events of Northumberland County and the Northern Neck of VA, chronicling our history since the seventeenth century. Copies of all issues since 1964 may be purchased by calling or e-mailing the Society during business hours.

Research Fee Charges

For those who come into our library to do their own research, the fee is $10.00 per day for non-members plus 25 cents per page for copies. Members can research in person for free and pay for copies.
For those who send in requests for research by phone, e-mail, or letter, the fee is $20.00 for the first two hours of research plus 25 cents per page for copies requested. If the research goes beyond the initial two hours, the fee is $10.00 per hour. This applies to members or non-members. The Society charges a $10.00 fee for copies of materials in our library made by any electronic device .

Two New Books Available!

The Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of the following two books: Northumberland County, Virginia Records of Slaves Volume I 1650-1795 by W. Preston Haynie (posthumously) and Margaret L. Forrester and Northumberland County, Virginia Records of Slaves Volume II 1795-1865 by Margaret L. Forrester. These two books are now available at the Society library for research and also for sale.



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